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District interviews first candidate for strategic planning

Final interviews set for next week

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – The Dixon School Board interviewed the first of three candidates to lead the district’s strategic planning.

Rod Wright, of Unicom Arc Inc., presented the basics of his public engagement strategy to the School Board on Wednesday night, emphasizing the need to avoid a top-down approach.

“The public is resistant – they’re skeptical at best, cynical at worst – to things that come to them top-down, whether it’s from the Untied States Congress or a board of directors of a fire protection district,” he said.

“So it’s important to get community involvement from the get-go, so when a proposal comes forward, the community feels like it has as much come from them as it’s come top-down from some kind of board or a blue-ribbon committee.”

In April, the district’s strategic planning task force recommended that the School Board hire a consultant to lead the district through its long-range planning.

The two other candidates will be interview this month during public meetings – both held at 6:30 p.m. at the district’s central office, 1335 Franklin Grove Road.

The district will interview Daniel Meyer, of Reach for Excellence Educational Consultants Inc., on Tuesday; and Amy Yurko, of BrainSpaces, on May 29.

Public engagement is important, Wright said Wednesday night, because the district will need the public to approve a ballot referendum to finance any major facility improvements or new facilities.

If residents are involved in the process from the beginning, he added, they will also be more informed about the issues and project and therefore be more likely to support it.

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